2008 News Archive - Holidays - Sun-seekers jet off at Christmas

11 09 2007

Christmas may be traditionally viewed as the time of year when families come together to reflect and relax, but there is clearly a trend for some Brits to use the religious holiday to jet off for a well-deserved winter break, the Association for British Travel Agents has said.

A spokesperson for the association commented that Brits seek some winter sun to get away from gloomy December days, with the Canary Islands and Spain a popular choice for winter holidaymakers as they offer guaranteed sunshine.

"Along with August, Christmas is the biggest time people choose to go on holiday," she remarked.

A quiet period in the office and guaranteed time off are two of the main reasons why December is now a busy holiday period, she notes.

The Office for National Statistics published a report last month showing the popularity of foreign holidays among UK residents.

According to the data, visits abroad by Brits have increased by two per cent in the 12 months up until June 2007, reaching 69.5 million.

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